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Only students who are enrolled at an “eligible institution” may receive federal aid.244 To be eligible, all institutions must:

  • 1. Offer the appropriate type of eligible program;
  • 2. Be legally authorized to provide a program of education beyond secondary education within the state in which they operate;245 and
  • 3. Be accredited by a national accrediting agency recognized by the Department or, in some circumstances, have been granted pre-accreditation status.246

Additional requirements apply depending on the type of institution and the type of academic or vocational program. Admissions requirements that often relate to individual borrower eligibility also apply to schools. These additional requirements are described in the subsections that follow. State authorization, accreditation, and other school-related issues are covered in Chapter 13, infra.


  • 244 {239} 20 U.S.C. §§ 1091(a), 1094.

  • 245 {240} 20 U.S.C. §§ 1001(a)(2), (b)(1), 1002(b)(1)(B), (c)(1)(B). See § 13.2.3, infra (discussing state authorization requirements).

  • 246 {241} 20 U.S.C. §§ 1001(a)(5), (b)(1), 1002(b)(1)(D), (c)(1)(B). See § 13.2.4, infra (discussing accreditation issues).